FORT HOOD — A hearing to determine whether a Fort Hood soldier should stand trial on a charge of premeditated murder in connection with a September homicide on post is on hold.

Defense attorneys for Sgt. Brett Marvin Wessel, 26, argued they needed to see test results from a blood draw in order to proceed in Wessel’s Article 32 hearing. Wessel is charged with the Sept. 1 shooting death of retired Sgt. Ryan F. Dickinson on West Fort Hood.

The homicide took place at a home there where residents were throwing a party. Wessel’s government-appointed attorneys intend to introduce evidence of alcohol consumption at the party.

Depending on the results of a blood alcohol test Wessel took the day of the shooting, his lawyers could argue he did not plan to kill Dickinson, and Wessel’s level of intoxication could play a factor in what, if any, charges go to trial.

Maj. Greg McLean is overseeing the Article 32 investigation. McLean recessed the hearing until Wessel’s defense gets access to Wessel’s blood alcohol content test. The Article 32 hearing will reconvene two days after those results are provided.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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